A Day in the Life of a Pilates Instructor & Blogger

a day in the life of a pilates instructor and blogger
Happy Monday my dears!

I have been thinking recently about how strange and wonderful my life has become since leaving corporate America. When I was working full time my day was completely full. I would wake up, go to work for eight hours, drive to the studio and then teach until eight at night. It was hectic, and just bad for my health. As a result, my own health and fitness suffered. I gained some unwanted weight and felt lethargic and sick all the time.

Since leaving corporate, my life has drastically changed. I am still working on losing those extra pounds (which is for another post) but I am so much happier even though it feels like I am so busy! I think I am happier because I am focusing on projects now that feed my soul, so being busier doesn’t feel like work.

I wanted to give you a sneak peak inside my typical day from start to finish. This is a typical Tuesday for me.

A day in the life…

5:40am – 6:20am: Alarm goes off. Time to wake up and start my day. I head to the bathroom to wash my face right awayΒ and set my Kurig up to steep some tea. I brush my teeth, maybe take a quick five minute shower to help me wake up, and then grab a piece of toast with peanut butter and a banana. I am heading to one of the studios I teach at for my morning classes. I do have to battle some traffic, so I have to leave no later than 6:20am to make sure I have time to open the studio.

7:00am – 9:00am: Teach a level one Pilates Reformer class and a level one point five. I have only been at this studio a little over a month and I love the clients already! It’s a great way to start my day.

9:15am-10:00am: Head over to the fitness center my husband works at to see my chiropractor. I have way too much tension in my shouders so he does some body work (called Active Release Technique) to get my muscles to relax. I only see him once a week or once every other week, but I love the days I have appointments. I leave feeling refreshed.

10:20am – 11:30am: I head home and catch my husband before he heads out the door to work. He usually works the closing shifts on Tuesday. We will make a second breakfast {for me anyway} of eggs and chicken sausage.

11:30am – 3:00pm: These are my work hours. I will be working on new blog posts, tweaking my blog to make it more visually appealing, working on freelance projects, or relaxing for a little depending on the day.

Projects I am currently working on…

  • Updating my blogs sidebar so you can easily find my most popular posts
  • Writing a few posts in advance because I am heading to Blogfest on Wednesday! Keep your eye out for the following posts:
    • Wednesday: Pilates Body HIIT Workout!
    • Friday: Streamline Getting Ready @ the Gym
    • Monday: Healthy Life Hacks!
  • Redoing some images on my older blog posts. I have found a consistent look and some of my earlier work doesn’t reflect the branding I am going for. πŸ™‚

During this time I will also grab a bite for lunch. Lately it’s been sandwiches or salads loaded with healthy proteins. I LOVE “fried egg sandwiches” with a little avocado and mustard. I use coconut oil instead of butter to cook the eggs.

3:00pm-4:15pm: Head to the gym for my workout. Tuesdays are usually Chest & Triceps, or I try to fit in some Pilates by taking a class from another instructor. I don’t know if it’s like this for all instructors, but if I try to get in Pilates on my own I just don’t challenge myself enough. I also love learning from other instructors. I am constantly working to improve my teaching abilities.

4:30pm – 8:00pm: I grab a recovery shake, lately I have been loving Biosteel Advanced Recovery Formula, while I am on my way to the studio. I teach three classes at a different studio on Tuesday evenings for a total of five classes on Tuesdays.

8:15pm – 12:00am: On Tuesday my husband is in a bowling league with his brother in law, so he doesn’t get home until around midnight. Once I am done teaching for the night, I will come home and have a late dinner {I teach most nights of the week, so it’s typical to eat late}. I will do any other tweaks on my blog while watching something in the background. This summer I have been watching So You Think You Can Dance, Mistresses, Pretty Little Liars and The Profit. I know, it’s all over the map LOL! I wait for my husband to get home to have a few extra moments together before it’s time for bed. I don’t teach early on Wednesday so I normally stay up a bit later on Tuesday waiting for him to come home.

Well, that was a lot. I thought I was busy when I worked full time but now I feel almost more busy because I am able to fit more things into my days. Rather than being in one place for an eight hour shift, my time is split, but I get to enjoy little luxuries like going to the chiropractor on a Tuesday morning or hanging out at a coffee shop for a few hours on a Friday writing blog posts. I love the life I am creating for myself now, busy or not. I am definitely not the kind of person who can sit still for long, so I am always keeping myself as busy as possible.

Your Turn:

What does a day in your life look like? If you could have the perfect work day, what would it look like?Β 

About Stephanie

Stephanie Benton is a STOTT PILATES Certified instructor and recently became a mom! She holds a BA in Dance from California State University Long Beach, and has a passion for helping new moms reconnect with their physical and emotional selves after starting a family. Cohesive Fitness is a place to learn to simplify your life, health and family priorities.

  • I completely understand your previous life. That is my current one. Working fulltime and heading straight from work to another commitment. Whether part time job or volunteer — always something! You have a lovely schedule πŸ™‚

  • Thank you Samara! It is challenging no matter what. I think even when we have “extra time” we fill it with so many other things! <3

  • Amy

    I love the sound of the Pilates Body HIIT class. And I loved reading about your day. I find it so intriguing vicariously living someone’s life through posts like these!

  • Amy,

    I am the same way! I am always so curious about how people structure their days and how they fit in all the important things! Glad you enjoyed it! My Pilates HIIT post will be going live tomorrow! <3

    -Steph

  • Lindsay,

    Yes it so is! It’s fulfilling though because you can choose what you want to focus on! If you set your intentions, you will get there! Check out my Dreaming Big mini series, I go through all the steps for how I got to where I am today! Also, if you subscribe you get access to a “Setting Your Intentions” worksheet! I am going to follow along your journey and hope you get there soon! <3

    -Steph

  • Great post! Here is a day in my work life as a Health Coach! I wake up at 6:15 a.m. and get in my workout first thing. This rotates between Yoga, and Cardio and Weights on different days. After my workout, I have breakfast (lately this is a green smoothie and a matcha green tea). I get my two daughters off to school and get ready for they day. Mornings are spent working from home as a Health Coach or meeting with clients via phone or in person. I work part time 20 hours a week. In the afternoons I am developing new recipes and writing, as well as trying to put a dent in my at home to do list, errands, clean the house, do the laundry, etc. I try to adhere to self care around 3 p.m. where I will do something I love like reading a book for pleasure and having a healthy smoothie. Then my daughters, son and husband all start rolling in from their days. My husband and I usually take a walk together in the evenings. It is a great time to catch up with our day!

  • Sam,

    That sounds like a perfect day! I do find it harder to take care of household duties when working from home because the day flies by, also taking time for self care is tough to fit in, but I try my best to manage! <3

    -Steph

  • I’ve always been curious how instructors balance work and life. Mostly because when I’m in the class it’s late at night. Sounds like you have a great system and it works well!

  • Thanks Angela! It does work to some degree! It is hard because our time is split and clients can’t usually come during regular business hours so we do what we can! <3 It takes a lot of love and passion to be a fitness instructor that's for sure!

    -Steph

  • wow so busy, but it sounds like a great day! My days are different depending on the day πŸ™‚

  • fitlivingblog

    That’s the best kind of busy! I hope that one day I can leave my corporate job to do blogging/fitness instructing/freelance writing one day. Working hard towards my goal!

  • Mine are as well. It depends what classes I am teaching etc. πŸ™‚

  • You’ll get there!